We’d like to firstly pass on our condolences to our followers who have lost a loved one or their homes in these horrible fires; our hearts are with you at this difficult time.
In June 2019 we pooled all of our ‘Where’s Quolly?’ efforts to begin a long-term monitoring program for the quolls and other threatened species in Buckenbowra State Forest and Monga National Park. This was done with some amazing help from the local conservation group, Friends of the Forest and with assistance from NPWS. Sadly, the south coast area was hit by fire in November 2019.
Since November, following the ‘fires-near-me-app’ became an obsessive exercise. And when we tried to get into our sites near Batemans Bay in mid-December they were already closed. It was then that we feared the inevitable was coming: the tragic loss of our native wildlife to fire. With this also came the loss of our research equipment (over 20 wildlife cameras) and data on our precious spotted tailed quolls in the area. Given the spread of the Currowan fire into what is now the Morton fire, there are a number of our other field sites at risk in the Berry/Broughton Vale and Brogers Creek areas. We are on edge and waiting and hoping that these locations are somehow spared in the coming months of the fire season we are experiencing.
As you may know Team Quoll are an industrious and ‘don’t-take-no-for-an-answer’ research group, so we have decided to do what we can. That means continuing with our wildlife monitoring research and building and putting into place:
1. Water stations for our native wildlife throughout the field sites that we can safely access
2. Building nest boxes for arboreal species like gliders and possums
3. Small mammals shelters/refuges
To assist us with this, we have created a go fund me page and ask that you please assist with our conservation activities and rescue efforts for the native wildlife hit so hard by the South Coast bush fires. Part of the donations we will also pass onto our friend John who heads Bundanoon Wombat Rescue; John does so much good for the wombats and native species in the Southern Highlands and so we’d like to support him too as we know that Bundanoon has also been hit hard by the Morton fire.
Thanks for reading this and for helping us with your donations.
In the coming weeks we will post again with some of our activities to show you how your donations are making a difference to the wildlife on the South Coast and in the Southern Highlands where Team Quoll will be hard at work doing our best to help our precious native species.
Best wishes-Kat, Monica, Ana and Ryan (Team Quoll)
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